Campo de’ Fiori: Beyond the Piazza
Piazzas have always been one of the great delights of the European city, distinguishing its layout from other urban plans. These squares replace the American or English concept of a high street, providing an often enchanting leisure and social space for pedestrians. Important churches accompany most of the piazzas in Rome, including Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Navona and Piazza del Popolo. Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, however, stands out as a churchless piazza, historically based around trade and commerce instead. Its lack of a religious structure is reinforced by the looming statue of Giordano Bruno at its center. Known in the 17th century for his “anti-clerical” ideas, which held innovations in cosmology and astrology over Christian doctrine, Bruno was burned at the stake for heresy right in this very square.
Nowadays, Campo de’ Fiori is a lively hub for socializing and shopping. During the day, the piazza is home to one of Rome’s many food markets. In the evenings, it transforms, attracting tourists and university students. The piazza isn’t the only place worth exploring, though: medieval streets now lined with artisan shops and bars spider out from Campo in different directions. Many of these streets were originally named for the trades that were once performed in this area. Among these, be sure to visit Via dei Cappellari (named for hat makers), Via dei Chiavari (named for key makers) and Via dei Giubbonari (named for coat makers).
THE CAMPO DE’ FIORI EXPERIENCE
Explore Rome & Campo de’ Fiori by bike
Via Labicana, 49
Duration: 4 hours
Easily cycle between ancient monuments and elegant shopping streets, Baroque squares and Renaissance palaces, and beautiful fountains and churches housing innumerable masterpieces. This guided bike tour provides the perfect introduction to your stay in Rome. The itinerary touches on Rome’s main attractions without omitting its smaller, local features.
Squares & fountains of Rome
Duration: 3 hours
Walk down the roads where Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Raffaello and Bernini walked. Experience Rome with a local walking guide on this fantastic tour where you will enjoy the most famous squares and fountains of the city. Rome is much more than just the Colosseo, the Vatican or the Trevi Fountain. In fact, it’s made up of the traditions and stories of the lives and experiences of so many people that do not get mentioned in traditional guidebooks.
Full immersion: all day city tour
Pick-up at hotel/accommodation
Duration: 8 hours
Catch a glimpse of daily Roman life hidden behind ivy-clad corners, open-air markets, and underground passageways long forgotten through the centuries. On this tour you will have the convenience of transportation the entire day and your driver guide will cover the major highlights of Rome both inside and outside the city walls. Explore Campo de’ Fiori, the Pantheon, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, the Catacombs and more at your own pace for an unforgettable and stress-free journey.